Chocolate Shortbread Holiday Trees

Looking for a distinctive dessert for the gift-giving season? Then add to the celebrations with these chocolate shortbread cookies shaped into charming holiday trees.

  • prep time 1 hr 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 36

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup powdered sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
2
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1
teaspoon vanilla

Topping

1 1/2
cups white vanilla baking chips
2
tablespoons shortening
1/2
cup coarsely chopped round peppermint candies (about 20)
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in flour, cocoa and vanilla until well blended.
  • 2 On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch thickness. Cut with floured 1 1/4-inch triangular cookie cutter or cut by hand with sharp knife. Place 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3 Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until firm to the touch. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.
  • 4 Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. In small saucepan, place vanilla baking chips and shortening; cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth.
  • 5 To make each tree, dip 1 edge of 1 cookie triangle into melted chip mixture; place on cookie sheet. Dip 1 edge of second triangle into melted chip mixture; place uncoated corner over coated edge of first triangle. Dip 1 edge of third triangle into melted chip mixture; place uncoated corner over coated edge of second triangle to form tree. Repeat with remaining cookie triangles.
  • 6 Drizzle remaining coating over completed trees; sprinkle with chopped candy.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cookie
    Calories
    140
    (
    Calories from Fat
    70),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    8g
    8%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    0mg
    0%;
    Sodium
    65mg
    65%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    16g
    16%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    9g
    9%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    2%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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